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American Experience: The Orphan Trains DVD
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In 1853, 10,000 homeless children roamed New York City streets. Young minister Charles Loring Brace founded the Children's Aid Society, sending orphans west to begin new lives with farm families. Until 1929, Brace's Society and other charities sent more than 150,000 neglected children by train to 47 states. Most were treated kindly and formed loving bonds with new parents. Hear the remarkable stories of the ORPHAN TRAIN CHILDREN.
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PBSAmerican Experience: The Orphan Trains DVD
 
4.6

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5.0

My father rode the orphan train....speaker and sharer

By Dawna

from Mansfield TX

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Pros

  • Broad Appeal
  • Entertaining
  • Good Resource
  • Informative
  • Relevant
  • Reliable Research

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    • At Home
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    • Perfect Gift
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    • Younger Viewers

    Comments about PBS American Experience: The Orphan Trains DVD:

    My birth name is Reba Dawn Meason. I am the daughter of Audie Reba Henderson and George "Lahn" Meason. My father George Lahn was an "orphan train" rider coming out of NYC and he arrived in Texas in March,1920 knowing he was going to be taken in by the Measons. John Meason was a minister and Josie Brock Meason was a housewife. My father was adopted by the Meason family in 1921 approximately 1 year after he came to Texas. My father has a story I want to tell (his story much like many others).... a story he was able to tell late in his life. Prior to that, he didn't talk about it, he did not share it. My mother did not know for years about his ride on that train. She met my father through his birth sister Anna Lahn. She was Anna's best friend and never knew that Anna and her sisters, Carolyn and Elizabeth Lahn, also came to Texas via an "orphan train" arriving a few weeks before their brothers Julius and George. Julius was a sickly child and was too sick for the 1st trip so they held daddy back to ride with his brother. Julius Lahn was a pastor for 22 years at the Bogata Church of God in Sulpher Springs.

    Mary Ellen Johnson developed an interest in the "Orphan Train" riders in the 1980's and started searching for them hoping to help these children make their place in history. That she did. My daddy was one of her early contacts and he was very active in Orphan Train Heritage Society of America out of Springdale, Arkansas. I hope to leave a message with each listener of the lives of these children which in many ways were different but in many ways alike. They were children hoping for a better life, love, a roof over their head and nourishment. I was blessed with attending many "Orphan Train Reunions" in Texas with my parents. In the beginning it was just a joining of souls who shared a like experience. In the end, I would say it was a healing experience very much like the one that is received when you can open up in Alcoholics Anonymous. It was OK to talk about it.

    (12 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    American Experience:The Orphan Trains by PBS

    By joycealaina

    from oceanside, ca.

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    Comments about PBS American Experience: The Orphan Trains DVD:

    Every child in our revolving foster care system today clearly understands The Orphan Trains...always moving...one town after another, many homes, and on to the next. I know this experience personally, as an orphan in the 40'50'& 60's. I was one of the lucky ones who finally @12 yrs. old was given 4 yrs. in an orphanage run like a boarding school, with nurchuring love added. This sweet love took people from all walks of life to care...and it literally saved mine.

    (9 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Needs That Special Something Indeed

    By Clara Vigilante

    from Madrid, Spain

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    Comments about PBS American Experience: The Orphan Trains DVD:

    I found The Buried Children by Daniel Farcas to be a more intriguing story and deeply touching.
    Made me laugh and cry in the same time! A true story written by the homeless child himself.
    The Orphan Trains is more "commercial" in exchange.

    (20 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    The Orphan Trains

    By Lover of History

    from Easley, SC

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    Comments about PBS American Experience: The Orphan Trains DVD:

    I am a retired History teacher. I purchased this DVD because I was reading the book The Orphan Train and wanted to learn more. The story was riveting and filled with personal stories that really touched my heart. I was aware of the Orphan Train program, and a dear friend of my mother's was one of those children. However seeing this video made the stories of those who were interviewed even more poignant. I would highly recommend this video be shown in schools as a part of a U.S. History unit on immigration.

    (12 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Sad Story But Also A Wonderful Story

    By Mike Womeldorff

    from Parsons, Kansas (The Land Of Oz)

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    Comments about PBS American Experience: The Orphan Trains DVD:

    The Orphan Train story is sad and wonderful at the same time. The world is usually not a nice place but sometimes a few people do make a difference in lives. Well done story.

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